Thanks to Tanger Med 2 Port, the port complex of Tanger Med has reached a new milestone with more than 4.8 million containers (+38%) and more than 65 million Tons handled in 2019. Following the operational start of Tanger Med 2 port, a total number of 4,801,713 TEU* containers were handled at the port complex during the year 2019, representing an exceptional progression of + 38% compared with the same period in 2018, Tanger Med Port Authority pointed out in a press release.
Moreover, 500,465 vehicles were handled on the two vehicle terminals of Tanger Med port in 2019, representing a growth of + 5% compared to the previous year. The figure includes 380,784 Renault vehicles, of which 349,050 are for exports, and 112,857 vehicles handled at the common user terminal, the source said, adding that the year 2019 was marked by the start of PSA vehicle exports through Tanger Med port from the Kenitra plant.
A total of 357,214 trucks were handled in 2019 at Tanger Med port, a growth of +9% compared to 2018. According to the same source, exports were mainly driven by industrial and agri-food products. Passenger activity remained stable during 2019 with a transit of 2,775,402 passengers (-1%) and 697,324 vehicles (+1%) compared to 2018.
Liquid bulk traffic grew by +7% compared to 2018, as it recorded a total traffic of 6,349,154 tons of hydrocarbons handled. Solid bulk traffic recorded a total of 258,340 tons handled, an increase of +2%, mainly due to the traffic of steel coils and wind turbine blades.
In 2019, 14,305 ships called at at Tanger Med port, up +7% compared to 2018. Thanks to the implementation of an optimised ship call management system, Tanger Med port welcomed nearly 800 mega-ships (over +299 metres in size), up by +9.9% compared to the previous year.
In 2019, 10 new operators have started their activity in the Tanger Med port logistics zone, including international players such as DHL, NIPPON EXPRESS, and KASAI. “All of these achievements confirm Tanger Med’s position as the prime platform serving the Moroccan economy and as a major logistics hub for global trade,” the source said.